New World Stages | Stage 1

340 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019
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Constructed on the site of the third Madison Square Garden (1925-1968), New World Stages was originally built as the Loews Cineplex Entertainment movie theater (1994-2001) in Worldwide Plaza. Following substantial renovations, the theater re-opened as Dodger Stages in 2004 and was renamed New World Stages on March 16, 2006. The theater complex has housed many commercial theatrical productions, as well as numerous corporate events, readings, and concerts.



The architects were Beyer, Blinder, and Belle. The theatre designers were Sachs Morgan, and the interior designer was Klara Zieglerova. The largest Off-Broadway theater size in New York, Stage 1’s red velvet seats in a traditional orchestra/mezzanine arrangement invite audiences to enjoy their favorite productions in an intimate environment, with ample leg room and excellent sightlines.

Details on Stage 1's Accessibility

Access Information

Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Accessibility by Seating Section

Orchestra Location: There are no steps between rows.

Mezzanine Location: There are steps between rows. Wheelchair seating does not involve steps.

Handrails: Available on every step in the Mezzanine.

Wheelchair | Companion Seat Locations:
Orchestra: P101 | P102, O101, O102; P103 | P104, O103, O104, P105 | P106, O105, O106; P107 | P108, O107, O108; P109 | P110, O109, O110

Mezzanine: D17 | D19, D21, D23


There is an elevator and escalator from the ground level to the theater level.
Please Note: The 50th Street escalator at New World Stages is being replaced and will be unavailable from 7/24/23 – 10/20/23.


Restrooms are wheelchair accessible on the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels.

Water Fountain

Located on the Orchestra level.

Theatre Policies
The use of cameras, recording devices, cell phones, beepers, and other electronic devices during the performance is prohibited, except as permitted for accessibility services. Everyone attending a performance must have a ticket. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management. Wheelchair and mobility-impaired seating is intended for patrons with mobility disabilities. Children under the age of four years will not be admitted. No outside food or beverage permitted, unless medically necessary. No weapons permitted on the premises.

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